AFTER standing abandoned for almost two years, councillors have finally agreed to plans to level an old dairy distribution depot in Littlehampton.
Last Wednesday (April 22), Arun District Council’s development control committee unanimously green-lit plans to demolish The Old Dairy, in Church Street, and replace it with eight houses.
It was the third submission to redevelop the land and comes after the last proposal was thrown out by Arun, in August last year, with council officer Damian Sullivan claiming the number of houses, layout and design of the proposal ‘would result in a cramped and harmfully contrived appearance’ not in keeping with neighbouring developments.
However, at last week’s committee meeting, council-lors heard how applicants South Coast Properties Ltd had ‘refined the proposals’.
Phil Storey, agent with Barton Willmore, which prepared the planning application on behalf of South Coast Properties, said: “These refinements ensure a carefully-designed scheme which safeguards the amenity and living conditions of residents.”
He added the removal of the ‘aging, insecure structures’ would benefit locals and said developers would provide a contribution towards paying for new play equipment at Rosemead Open Space.
Resident Diana Young spoke against the plans. She said: “I am not against houses being built on this site – houses are needed badly everywhere. But I am very concerned about the sewerage system that will be used by the new homes.”
However, the applicants would need permission from Southern Water before using the current sewerage system, said officer Juan Baeza.